The protests which have followed Russia’s parliamentary elections earlier this month, and which now foreshadow the Presidential vote due in March, mark a significant moment for Russian politics, and media.
There are stories of behind-the-scenes arguments involving top editorial figures about how and whether state owned, and Kremlin-friendly, news outlets should cover the demonstrations demanding a re-run of polls apparently plagued by fraud. Social networking, long a significant part of the Russian media scene, has played an even wider role than before.
This week, the New Statesman blog published a piece I wrote about the wider implications of this challenge to power in Russia. You can read it here.